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What Happens if You're Charged With a DUI?

Lauri Mckenna

What Happens if You're Charged With a DUI?

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According to the Bureau of Transportation statistics, it is estimated that 4 million adults in the U.S. have driven while drunk at least once. What’s more is that 1.5 million people are arrested each year for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI). Each state has a law that states that drivers cannot operate their vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher. If you are stopped by a police officer and you fail a Standardized Field Sobriety Test or fail to go through a DUI checkpoint then you will be arrested and charged with a DUI or a DWI. 

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI or a DWI, you’ll know that it can be a scary and isolating experience. However, you are far from the only person who has been through this, and it’s absolutely possible to go back to living a normal life. 

Have you recently been charged with a DUI? Unsure of what happens next? Here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know. 

You will likely lose your License

After you receive a DUI charge, one of the most common consequences is a license suspension. It may be taken away immediately after an arrest or you may have a period of time where you can still drive before a hearing to fight the suspension, but after you are charged then it will be taken away anywhere from 180 days to a year. 

Losing a driver’s license can be detrimental to a person’s life—preventing them from getting to work, picking up their children from school or going grocery shopping. It can be a huge disruption to daily life, and getting it reinstated will likely be your biggest goal after a DUI charge. 

You may need to get an Ignition Interlock Device in your car

As a way to deter future DUIs, California law requires the installation of an Ignition Interlocking Devices (or IIDs) in your vehicle after a DUI. These devices require you to blow into a mouthpiece before starting the car to check your blood alcohol concentration. If your blood alcohol level is above the legal limit, then the vehicle will not start. This can be an embarrassing, prohibitive device that prevents you from feeling like a normal driver. 

You may need to pay fines

Getting charged with a DUI also means paying fines—which could range from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars. Not only will the state fine you for your charge, but your insurance company will also increase your payments because you will now be a high-risk driver. If you were already in financial hardship or living paycheck-to-paycheck, this can be especially difficult. 

Find a lawyer you can trust 

In order to understand all of the consequences of a DUI charge, be sure to hire an attorney who can give you the advice you need on how to restore your license and get your life back to normal. It’s important to hire an attorney that understands the penalties and defenses available for a DUI charge. 

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